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Hill supports double points introduction

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Damon Hill has gone against the grain by throwing his support behind the decision to introduce double points for the final race of the 2014 F1 season in Abu Dhabi.

Since being announced last year the decision has been widely condemned in F1 circles, with Sebastian Vettel labelling the change "absurd", and Eddie Irvine describing the concept as "tinsel town bull****". The change was announced as part of the biggest rules shake-up in recent years in an attempt to guarantee the title race goes down to the final weekend of the season.

But, speaking on Sky Sports News, Hill insisted the rule change brings F1 in line with other elite sporting competitions and that an exciting championship finale is something all fans should embrace.

"If you go to Wimbledon and you are in a knock-out competition it then gets more crucial and more important the closer you get to the final - and the final is worth a lot more points than the first round," Hill said.

"Personally, I don't see what the story is about. Winning the World Championship is the goal and if it gets more and more intense towards the end, and there is more at stake at the end of the championship, then that should be more exciting."

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